If there is anyone who understands what the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry means to the people of South Carolina, it is former Clemson football coach Danny Ford.
Ford was involved in the state’s biggest game for 13 seasons from 1977-’89. He spent 11 of those as Clemson’s head coach, going 7-3-1 against the Gamecocks.
Ford knows Clemson and South Carolina fans are truly hurting over the news that this year’s game was canceled by the SEC on Thursday, as the league announced it was going to play conference-only games in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he told Fox Carolina on Friday, that outside the state of South Carolina, no one else in the SEC genuinely cares about one of the nation’s longest rivalries. They don’t know what the game means to Clemson and South Carolina fans.